The iPhone had only 1 home screen initially, which later turned to 9 screens and now with firmware 3.0, Apple also added a Search screen (The first screen). However, Geoff Teehan has come up with a great concept of a Home screen that can be added after the Search screen. This can display a list of Unread SMS messages, Unread mail, Facebook messages, Weather, Stocks and what ever you wish.

This is a really great concept and I truly love it! I really hope it becomes true soon.

Here is a look at the iPhone home screen:

More in his blog post.

iPhone has most E-mail service providers built-in with and web apps also make E-mailing on the iPhone convenient. However, Hotmail was the only service that was not available on the iPhone (either by or as a web app). However, finally Microsoft realized that they needed to make Hotmail available to the iPhone masses and have come up with the Hotmail web app for the iPhone.

To get the web app, just visit from MobileSafari and there you have it! You can add the iPhone to home screen for faster access.

At the September 9th event, Apple released a new iPod Nano with a video cam, colorful shuffle iPods with upto 2GB of memory and reduced iPod prices. Besides the iPod announcements, Apple also introduced Ringtones for the iPhone which was anticipated by the blog in a previous post.

However, the major news is the release of iTunes 9 with an interface lift, Home Sharing, Improved Syncing and other features. And the Firmware 3.1 !

So, here are the details on what firmware 3.1 brings to your iPhone:

  • Improved syncing for music, photos and video
  • iTunes U content organization
  • Redeem iTunes Gift Cards in the App Store
  • Display available account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store
  • Save video from Mail and MMS into the Camera Roll
  • Option to Save as new clip when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS
  • Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on
  • Remotely lock iPhone with passcode via MobileMe
  • Use Voice COntrol on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets
  • Paste phone numbers into the keypad in
  • Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS
  • Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari for anti-phishing
  • Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling
  • Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly
If you are using iTunes 9 with firmware 3.1, then you are also arrange your app icons of all the screens via iTunes!

NOTE: Exchange support might break for pre-iPhone 3GS (i.e. iPhone and iPhone 3G) as Policy Requirements for encryption reported.

To upgrade your iPhone to firmware 3.1, connect it to iTunes and click on "Check for Updates".

Just before the September 9 event, Apple released Firmware 3.0.1 on iTunes. This update fixes the SMS Vulnerability found some time back.

To upgrade, just connect your iPhone to iTunes and hit Upgrade.

September 9th is the next Apple event and there's a lot of speculation going on about what to expect. For the iPhone users, here are things to expect:

Background apps for iPhone
Apple will finally be allowing AppStore apps to run in the background. However, this will come with a monthly price. Loopt (Social networking app) will be the first to offer it's app running in the background at $3.99/mo. along with your AT&T bill.

Official MMS Support for iPhone
Though firmware 3.0 has MMS capability, Apple and AT&T will be officially announcing MMS support for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. For iPhone 2G users, you can get MMS functionality via Cydia.

Ringtones for your iPhone
There have been hundreds of blog posts about how to convert an MP3 file to an iPhone ringtone, but now Apple might announce the avablity of iPhone ringtones from iTunes store. This will include all popular songs in form of ringtones for the iPhone.

So far, this is it. But I will update the post if something else comes up for the iPhone section.